The Bulletin in Detail

Squash   April, 2016

The first squad event of the year was Coach the Coach course for Educators held on the 9th of April 2016 at UJ DFC. Phoenix College students attended training sessions from February until August 2016 on regular basis.

Phoenix College also participated in the following events:

  • Lions Gauteng Vs Hurricanes rugby match at Ellis Park
  • Central Gauteng Fun U11 and U13 squash tournament at St Marys Waverly Squash Centre on the 22nd of January 2016, where Audrey Sikhosana emerged as the Best Overall Girl child beginner
  • International BA Coaching clinic at UJ DFC between 19th and 21st April where students were coached by international squash players
  • Egoli Squash Team on TV at UJ DFC
  • Lions Gauteng Vs Hurricanes rugby match at Ellis Park
  • Highveld’s Lions cricket club fixture, Phoenix College was offered tickets to attend this fixture

To round up, the year was a lukewarm.

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Chess journey, 2016  2016

To take is a mistake, is the chess lifelong lesson that we have adopted as Phoenix College chess team. “From the ashes we rise” is our motto. The 2016 chess team has maintained the standard that their predecessors left. We continued to dominate the Inner City domestic chess league as well as securing the first spot in the under 19 boys and girls respectively. As such we walked away with a whooping trophy as well as a Gold medal for each participant.

Everjoy Nleya secured third position at South African National Schools competitions that were held in Durban. As a result she is scheduled to represent South Africa in Zambia at the South African chess individual championships from the 10th of November 2016 to the 18th of December 2016. Moreover, Aisha Shaibu (Grade 11) has qualified to represent Johannesburg Metro Chess at the South African Schools Junior chess championship under section B, pencilled for the 16th to 20th of December 2016.

The under 18 girls’ team were runners up behind Waterkloof, with a painful single point difference given that they have been second behind Waterkloof, four years in a row. As such we walked away with Silver medals.

Phoenix College hosted an individual open chess tournament by Hyenas chess club late August 2016. The tournament attracted Grand Masters and candidate Grand Masters from Zambia. As expected 5 of our under 18 boys were in the top 5 under section B. They each walked away with prize money of R200 each as well as medals. The eventual winner, Douglas Sibanda form Phoenix College was honoured with a floating trophy.

One of the most outstanding achievements in the technical side of chess was the election of Mr J Phuti, Phoenix College chess Master into the Gauteng Schools Chess Executive Committee, a position that is critical with respect of the chess administration in Gauteng.

We look forward to getting sponsorship that will motivate and incentivise our learners and make the game of chess more competitive.

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Drama   2016

The Phoenix College Drama Group participated in the 12th Inner City high School Drama festival 2016 for the group’s sterling performance. The group won the following awards:

  • The Best Ensemble production
  • The Best original script

The individual awards were given to :-

  • Boitumelo Zulu for the Best Cameo Role
  • Ivan Johnson for the Best Lead Actor
  • Kauhelo Lebakeng for the Best Lead Actress
  • Vimbainashe Matara for the Best Supporting Actress

The group came in the top ten schools out of the 54 schools in the competition.

The drama group was then invited to participate in the Gauteng Schools Drama Festival at the Market Theatre. This was a great stage for the group as the festival was graced by the presents of dignitaries such as Deputy Minister in the office of the Presidency , Mr Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Naidoo.

The group is looking forward to an ecstasy 2017 Drama year and is aiming at achieving more.

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Sports Report, 2016   2016

The just ended sports season was very competitive in the following sports codes:

  • Boys Soccer
  • Netball
  • Athletics – Boys and Girls

We give much credit to the boys’ soccer team that emerged third in the overall standing.

Phoenix College participated in the U13 Inner-City Cluster soccer league games and thrashed Afrocombs. A trophy and a gold medal were brought home.

The boys’ soccer team walked away with bronze medals and a trophy for claiming position three.

In netball, Phoenix College participated in U13 Inner-City league tournament. We excelled through to the finals and came second in the tournament that had featured 12 schools. Silver medals were brought home.

On the athletic front, Phoenix College made some measurable strides as evidenced by our boys and girls. Musa Ndumo (Grade 9) and Massa (Grade 10) had an impressive season.

Musa took part in the following races and with some outstanding achievements :

  • Position 1 in 3000m race
  • Position 1 in 800m race
  • Position 2 in 200m race

Massa took part in the following roles and with outstanding achievements

  • Position 1 in 100m race
  • Position 2 in 400m race

Zinande (Grade 10) took part in the 400m race and achieved position 1.

Phoenix College also participated in the Inner-City athletics competitions that were held at Westbury Stadium on the 17th of January 2016. We managed to scoop a total of 10 medals (4 gold , 3 silver and 3 bronze)

Johannesburg South District athletics competitions were held at Emerald Stadium, four athletes from Phoenix C ollege (Eugene Nhimba, Siyabula Nkomo, Nomyamezelo Nomacawe Tshuma) managed to get a bronze medal. Nomyamezelo Tshuma also won a gold medal for competing in the U12 long jump.

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